Sajjad Karim MEP became MEP for in 2004 and was re-elected in June 2009 and in 2014 representing North West England for the Conservative Party. He is a solicitor by profession as he qualified as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1997 and rose to becoming an equity partner very quickly specialising in cases of serious fraud defence work. Sajjad has been the Legal Affairs Spokesman for the Conservatives in the European Parliament in 2009. He was reappointed to this front bench position in June 2014 following the European Elections in May and he serves as a full member of the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI). As well as having been a Spokesman to the WTO, Karim Chairs the European Parliament South Asia Trade Monitoring Board; South Caucases Delegation and is rotating chair of the powerful Parliamentary Conduct Committee.